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March 7, 1985
A series of workshops for women will be offered by Rio Hondo College during March. Topics to be covered are rape awareness safety, assertion training, finances for women, single parenting and resume writing. Career testing also is available. The workshops are free to community residents, who may obtain further information by calling (213) 692-0921, extension 304.
December 6, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
CIF State Regional Championship Bowl Games Friday's schedule Division I Clovis North (12-1) vs. Long Beach Poly (11-3) at Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (TWC HD 700): After conquering La Puente Bishop Amat, Mission Viejo, Bellflower St. John Bosco and Santa Ana Mater Dei to win the Pac-5 Division, Poly continues its remarkable turnaround with this Division I regional bowl game. The performance from the offensive and defensive lines has been an important reason for Poly's success.
January 25, 1998 | JOHN McKINNEY
Back in the 1930s, and for a few decades afterward, going to the beach had a different meaning than it does now. San Gabriel Valley families flocked not to Pacific shores but down by the river to a sand strand along the Rio Hondo that locals called Marrano Beach. In those times gone by, a day along the river was like a day at the beach with sunning, swimming and picnicking. Such activities at Marrano Beach had a distinctly Spanish accent.
October 16, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Classes have been suspended at Rio Hondo College's police academy and officials are being forced to rewrite questions on officer tests used statewide after someone obtained those test materials and put them in a study guide. The state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training ordered that all future classes of trainees at the Rio Hondo academy in Whittier be suspended until it completes an investigation into a breach of test security. Officials say that of the 122 trainees at the academy, 22 were being sponsored by regional police departments, which they were expected to join as officers.
January 21, 1992 | STEVE KRESAL
Don Frank, best known for his work as an assistant for the Rancho Santiago College men's basketball team, is now making news as a head coach. Frank has led a sharp turnaround at Rio Hondo College in Whittier during his first season. Rio Hondo had won only seven games the past two seasons, but under Frank, the Roadrunners are 14-6, 4-1 in the Foothill Conference and tied for first with Antelope Valley.
December 20, 1986 | DEREK RASER
Al Nordquist has picked up a few basketball axioms in his 20 years as coach at Moorpark College, one being that overconfidence can be as formidable as playing a team with an eight-foot center. Luckily for Nordquist, Rio Hondo didn't bring a giant into the consolation final of the Crown City Classic on Friday at Pasadena College.
December 26, 1985
Marilee Morgan has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees, succeeding Isabelle Gonthier. Julio Fuentes is the new vice president, and Gonthier was elected clerk at the board's annual reorganization meeting.
October 31, 1987
Rio Hondo avenged a previous loss by defeating visiting Valley College, 11-8, in water polo Friday and moved into a tie for first place with the Monarchs in the Southern California Conference. Valley (11-9, 4-2) trailed, 3-2, at the half, but Rio Hondo outscored the Monarchs, 4-2, in the third quarter to pull away in the regular-season finale for both teams. Jose Gonzalez led Rio Hondo with four goals and John Marshall scored three goals for Valley.
October 4, 1990
Kathleen Looney, the 46-year-old runner who came to Whittier from Ireland, is having a successful season on the Rio Hondo College cross-country team. Last Saturday, Looney finished third among 107 runners with a time of 18 minutes and 28 seconds in the Bakersfield College Invitational. "You should have seen the looks of amazement on the faces of all the young runners when she passed them!" Rio Hondo Coach Fred Mascorro said.
November 13, 1986 | STEVE ELLING, Times Staff Writer
Heavyweight James Varnum of Rio Hondo College knew his team's wrestling match with Moorpark on Wednesday would probably be decided in his bout--the 10th and final of the night. Behind the Rio Hondo bench, Varnum quietly watched Moorpark take a big lead in the early matches, then saw his team rally in the middle bouts. When his time came, the match was still undecided. So he took it upon himself to win the match.
September 19, 2010 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
A 20-year-old college student collapsed during a wrestling tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday and later died, officials said. Jesus Cruz, a student at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, was on the mat with an opponent when he collapsed. He was treated by a Mt. San Antonio athletic trainer and paramedics and taken to San Dimas Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement released by Rio Hondo President Ted Martinez Jr. The remainder of the all-day tournament was canceled.
November 2, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Beverly Boulevard bridge over the Rio Hondo flood control channel in Pico Rivera was destroyed by fire Tuesday, and officials said it could cost $10 million to replace it. One firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion while battling the blaze. The fire, which may have been set deliberately, apparently began beneath the bridge and spread to the wooden structure, fire officials said. They said arson was suspected because children and transients often congregate near the bridge.
May 15, 2001
Final regular-season rankings of high school teams from the region as voted by sportswriters at The Times: -- Rk LW School (League) Rec. 1 1 Crescenta Valley (Pacific) 25-1 2 2 Rio Mesa (Pacific View) 20-6 3 3 Valencia (Foothill) 23-4 4 4 Hart (Foothill) 23-5 5 6 Thousand Oaks (Marmonte) 21-5 6 7 Chaminade (Mission) 16-8 7 8 Paraclete (Alpha) 20-3 8 9 La Canada (Rio Hondo) 22-2 9 10 El Camino Real (West Vly) 25-6 10 NR Newbury Park (Marmonte) 18-10 --
November 10, 2000 | CHARLES RICH
La Canada 36, Monrovia 27--Patrick Perrigue scored two touchdowns and blocked a point-after kick to help the Spartans (9-1, 5-0) win their first league title since 1987 at Monrovia. Perrigue scored on a 54-yard pass from Eric Young with 17 seconds left in the first quarter to give La Canada a 14-0 lead. Perrigue's two-yard touchdown run with 1:26 left in the second quarter extended the lead, 21-14. Perrigue finished with five receptions for 105 yards.
May 14, 2000
In other first-round series: Cypress 7, Rio Hondo 4--Jeff Ruziecki's two-run home run in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie and gave the fourth-seeded Chargers (34-11) a sweep. Rio Hondo (26-14) rallied from a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the sixth off Danny Ellis, the Cypress starter who left with one out in the inning. Garrett Estabrook pitched the final 3 2/3 innings without giving up a hit.
October 26, 1989
Rio Hondo College improved its record to 2-2-1 with a 28-20 victory last week over College of the Desert, which had been 3-0 in the Foothill League. But football at Rio Hondo appears to be in a depressed state. The better players from the high schools in Rio Hondo's area surrounding Whittier, El Rancho and Santa Fe, tend to attend Cerritos or Fullerton colleges. "I thought we had a good program but (apparently) we don't provide a program they're interested in," said Rio Hondo Coach Clint South.
October 3, 1985
Enrollment at Rio Hondo Community College is up by 615 students this fall, a dramatic turnaround from a year ago when, officials believe, the state's first imposition of tuition at two-year colleges contributed to an enrollment drop of 14% at the school near Whittier. As of Sept. 23, enrollment at Rio Hondo was 11,396, campus spokeswoman Pamela J. Cox said. Last fall, 10,781 students enrolled, the smallest turnout in five years, and nearly 2,000 less than fall, 1983.
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